Things could not have been brought into being by God in any manner or in any order different from that which has in fact obtained.
The most tyrannical governments are those which make crimes of opinions, for everyone has an inalienable right over his thoughts—nay, such a state of things leads to the rule of popular passion.
The idea, which constitutes the actual being of the human mind, is not simple, but compounded of a great number of ideas.
The body is affected by the image of the thing, in the same way as if the thing were actually present.
That thing is called free, which exists solely by the necessity of its own nature, and of which the action is determined by itself alone.
Simply from the fact that we have regarded a thing with the emotion of pleasure or pain, though that thing be not the efficient cause of the emotion, we can either love or hate it.